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The Postal Service is launching a national campaign to raise employee awareness of job-related injuries caused by slips, trips and falls.

National Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention Week will run from Oct. 17-23. The organization ran a similar effort last year.

A total of 17,534 USPS employees were affected by slip, trip and fall injuries last year. At least 60 percent of these incidents occurred during the autumn and winter months.

The top three causes for the injuries were uneven ground (26 percent), stairs (19 percent) and icy or wet surfaces (16 percent).

“Slips, trips and falls are preventable — and we all have a role to play. Simple actions like reporting hazards and increasing awareness of your surroundings can protect and prevent against a slip, trip or fall,” said Linda DeCarlo, the Postal Service’s occupational health and safety services senior director.

The campaign will provide employees with safety tips and other information to help them prevent slip, trip and fall accidents.

Postmasters, managers and supervisors will be provided with tools to help increase employee awareness and prevention of fall incidents.

Additionally, the campaign will emphasize the role customers play in preventing carrier injuries by, for instance, clearing surrounding ice, snow and other hazards from mailboxes.

The National Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention Week Sharepoint page has more information, including Safety Depends on Me videos, stand-up talks and more.

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Winter is here

The Postal Service will release Winter Scenes, stamps that celebrate the season’s splendor and serenity, on Oct. 16.

The booklet of 20 stamps feature 10 photographs from the Northern United States.

Five stamps feature images of winter wildlife against their snowy habitats: a bright red cardinal, a colorful blue jay, two foraging deer, a majestic owl and a portly brown bunny.

Two stamps feature barns, both a brilliant red that contrasts with the surrounding snow and evergreen trees.

The landscapes in two other stamps focus on the beauty of freshly fallen snow; one shows a long lane bounded by tall trees with snow-covered branches and the other features two towering evergreens covered in snow, highlighted against a cloudy sky and far-off hills.

The final stamp depicts two large brown horses pulling a sleigh through the snow.

Derry Noyes, a USPS art director, designed the stamps using existing images taken by several photographers.

Winter Scenes stamps, which can be used on cards and letters year-round, will be available at Post Offices and usps.com.

Winter Scenes will be one of several holiday stamp releases this year, along with Holiday Delights, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Our Lady of Guápulo.

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“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. How much revenue did the Race for a $Billion campaign raise for the Postal Service?

a) $1 billion
b) $1.1 billion
c) $1.2 billion
d) $1.3 billion

2. Which city did Postmaster General Louis DeJoy visit in late September to thank USPS employees for their service and to encourage them to continue helping the organization become more efficient?

a) Houston
b) Lake Charles, LA
c) Richmond, VA
d) None of the above

3. How many USPS cybersecurity operations centers monitor the postal network round-the-clock for suspicious activity?

a) One
b) Two
c) Three
d) Four

4. Fill in the blank: The Postal Service offering a reduced price on its largest (blank) for mail sent to military and diplomatic posts abroad during the holidays.

a) Military Care Kit
b) Priority Mail Flat Rate Box
c) Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope
d) Priority Mail Express Box

5. True or false: Through the USPS Burial Flag Program, all retail Post Offices serve as a burial flag repository.

a) True
b) False

Answers: 1) c. 2) c. 3) b. 4) b. 5) a.

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